Smallville

Season 3 Episode 12

Hereafter

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 04, 2004 on The CW
9.3
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Clark discovers that his schoolmate Jordan can foresee the future, but is horrified when Jordan tells him he "sees" Lana dying in a fire in the next few days. Meanwhile, suspicious of his behavior, Chloe investigates Adam's background and discovers some disturbing news.

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  • this was a good ep

    8.5
    in this ep of the show smallville clakr learns about a kid that can forsee the future . he leanrs this by hearning a kid saying he saw someone getting hit by a car and he goes and prevents it so he has cloe do more investagating on him and learns about things that had to do with luthr corp and taking saringes. and then there is a second person that he foresees lana is going to die in a fire and he must stop it from happening this was a good ep i tought and it had alot of excitement in it .moreless
  • New student Jordan touches someone and has visions of how that person will die. Clark befriends him, but they both must work together to save Lana and others from revenge by a crazed coach.moreless

    7.4
    In the opening scene, Lana, now on the cross-country team (a story gimmick that will surely go nowhere), meets new student Jordan, who, upon touching her, has a vision of an aged Lana on her deathbed. He then touches the coach and sees him struck by a car and killed. Assigned as Jordan's mentor, Clark hears Jordan talking to his father, and swiftly pulls the coach from the street, preventing what Jordan foresaw - a suicide attempt. Pretty good stunt work on the collision. No one questions how Clark performed this super-speed act, but he and Lana are back in the hospital again, visiting Lana's friend Megan. She and Lana were cheerleading friends of the coach's daughter, who had died accidently years earlier, and both have bitter regrets about the loss.



    When Jordan touches Clark at school, he gets a vision of high flight and other galaxies, and Clark sees that Jordan is under great stress during contact with others. Clark reports Jordan's behavior to Pete and Chloe, and she agrees to help Clark look into Jordan - "It's kinda fun being Woodward to your Bernstein again!"



    Lana visits Lex, who asks about an expensive disturbance by Adam at the Talon. Back at school, Chloe spies Adam in the Torch office, and retrieves a syringe he threw in the trash. Clark finds news archives of previous premonitions by Jordan, who was born on meteor shower day. Outside, Jordan is hysterically trying to stop Megan, whom he says will die that day. Can Clark alter the future again?



    Lex has asked Adam to visit, and he has Adam's school records, which are suspiciously alike - and Adam stonewalls Lex about his past. Clark and Jordan walk and talk, Jordan stating that every vision he's had of someone's death has come to pass. As they approach Megan's home, Sheriff Adams is there - Megan's car has been found abandoned with signs of a struggle. Jordan's father arrives at Megan's home, but Jordan skips. Adam refuses to respond to Lana's questions about the syringe, and he touches Jordan as he leaves the school. Jordan now sees a different vision of Lana's death, one by fire. Suddenly a masked intruder nails Jordan and overpowers Lana.



    Chloe does a bit of investigation at Adam's room, but is caught red-handed by Lex, who has even more suspicions about Adam. Jordan comes to, and heads to Clark's barn, telling him about his vision of Lana dying in a fire. Coach Altman has kidnapped both Lana and Megan, blaming them for the death of his daughter. Clark arrives in time to effect a rescue of Lana, Megan, and Jordan, but Altman perishes in his own trap.



    Jordan tells Lana about his contact and vision of Adam - he thinks that Adam has already died - so what is he? An automaton? Back at home, Clark has reason to question his choices and altering the destiny of others, but Martha provides counsel about not being able to save everyone. In the final scene, Clark finds Jonathan in the barn, suffering from what appears to be a heart attack - can Clark save him? Apart from a bit of progress on the Adam storyline, this is a routine episode. Re-run rating C.moreless
  • The [not so sweet] hereafter.

    10
    Season 3 has seemingly hit its stride and we have yet another immensely enjoyable hour from the show. It wasn't too long ago I was bemoaning how irritatingly average the scripts were, but now things are running more fluidly and believably, especially here! I think one of the main reasons for the current success is somewhat down to Lana and Clark's separation.



    Together, the characters are at their blandest but apart they have become…dare I say it…interesting! Again, much of this is down to Adam. To be honest, he's not much of a character but there's something about him that quickly draws you in. It's the very fact we don't know everything about him upon introduction that distinctly separates him from the pack. As of now he's perfect for Lana and he's also perfect for Clark, this stint of having no emotional baggage has allowed Clark to question his heroic destiny and that of others, it's a refreshing change from his glossy-eyed moping ways.



    I haven't even started on Jordan, one of the few meteor infected who doesn't turn psychotic. His power was a cool one, and much like the feel and overall execution of the hour, very different from what we've come to expect. That glimpse of a glistening red cape with an S symbol flickering on and off the screen was stuff of dreams. It's the kind of teaser that injects you with a feeling of awe and reminds you why you actually watch the series - payoffs like this rarely get better.



    And, to my surprise, we get a cliff-hanger! That's right, there's no final angst-y confrontation between Lana and Clark in his barn, oh no! Instead, a shocking revelation, with Pa Kent faced down on the ground, presumably suffering a heart attack. Tom Welling sells the final scene as a distressed Clark yells for his mother's help. Brilliant stuff altogether. How many times can one say that about an episode of Smallville?moreless
  • I See (About To Be) Dead People

    7.4
    Hereafter-Clark discovers that his schoolmate Jordan can foresee the future, but is horrified when Jordan tells him he "sees" Lana dying in a fire in the next few days. Meanwhile, suspicious of his behavior, Chloe investigates Adam's background and discovers some disturbing news.



    An episode that works pretty well thanks to an interesting premise and some nice character developments. Jordan is well developed freak of the week and Joseph Cross is very convincing in the role. His power of seeing the death of any person he touches is intriguing, not to mention gives us one of the most memorable sequences of Smallville. When Jordan touches Clark, instead of seeing his death, he sees a mysterious red cape with an S symbol soaring through space. It's a great foreshadowing of Clark's destiny and well executed scene.



    Greg Kean as Coach Altman, whose a grief stricken father who becomes the anatagonist isn't the most thrilling villian despite a reasonable M.O. His just another psycho who puts Lana's life in danger and your just wishing he would get over his pain already. On the plus side, Adam continues to become more interesting as a character. I love the mystery about him, his almost Bruce Wayne-ish and I love the little hints that something isn't right with him. I especially loved the revelation that Jordan gives that he died already. It really makes for a dark storyline that continues to build. The episode also ends with a shocking sliffhanger as Clark finds Jonathan pass out and hardly breathing in the barn. It's a tense scene and Tom really sold it! All and All, a pretty solid episode that carries around an interesting plot and good developments.moreless
  • Great Episode

    10
    The new-arrival in Smallville High School Jordan Cross (Joseph Cross) has a frightening ability: when he is touched by another person, he immediately sees how he or she will die. When Clark Kent saves the deranged Coach Altman (Greg Kean) from death, the future of other people changes including Lana Lang's. Meanwhile, Chloe Sullivan finds that Adam Knight is injecting himself, and Lex Luthor investigates his past. "Hereafter" is a great episode of "Smallville", showing a scary power of the teenager Jordan. Imagine what horrible thing would be to foresee the death of another human being! This episode raises also questions about the mysterious past of Adam, and the fate of Jonathan Kent.moreless
Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Kristin Kreuk

Kristin Kreuk

Lana Lang

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor

Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Sam Jones III

Sam Jones III

'Pete' Ross

Annette O'Toole

Annette O'Toole

Martha Clark Kent

Joseph Cross

Joseph Cross

Jordan Cross

Guest Star

Greg Kean

Greg Kean

Coach Altman

Guest Star

Meghan Ory

Meghan Ory

Megan

Guest Star

Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somerhalder

Adam Knight

Recurring Role

Camille Mitchell

Camille Mitchell

Sheriff Nancy Adams

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (17)

    • Clark seems surprised when Chloe reveals that Jordan's mother died just after giving birth to Jordan, due to injuries from the meteor shower. However, that exact same information was present in the Smallville Ledger article that he was reading to her about Jordan's first premonition.

    • How long after the previous few episodes is this set? Even though she seemed to be walking around just fine after her leg injury, should Lana really be doing cross-country running? Not to mention that when she finishes she doesn't seem to be in the slightest bit of pain and isn't limping. That much activity would in the least have made the newly healed bones stiff.

    • Why does Adam mention diabetics having to hand their syringes to the school nurse? He doesn't go to school there, so whatever rules apply wouldn't apply to him anyway.

    • The Kents have a new red truck again.

    • Clark gave Jordan CPR immediately. Wouldn't he do the same for his dad?

    • The Kents must have hell of an insurance, fixing the car every episode. Does Clark really need a car? You end up with money trouble when a car has to be fixed every week, and when you get a computer and a laptop.

    • Martha uses a hotpad to take the cookies out of the oven, then uses just her hands (not a spatula) to move the cookies from the hot pan to the plate.

    • Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Opus number 43 by Rachmaninoff is not one of his most difficult pieces, it's actually extremely easy. (based on the opinion of various contributors)

    • During the fire, Clark was talking to Lana before he saved her. The coach grabbed Clark, and Clark tossed him like a rag doll through the air, across the room, where he slammed into the wall before crumpling to the ground. Lana saw all this since she was talking to Clark when it happened. Why didn't she say something like, "How did you do that?"

    • Would the hospital really release Mr. Altman that quickly after attempting suicide, especially if he was to undergo "a full psych evaluation?"

    • The initial jogging scene, with the forest of large Canadian trees, is very clearly not midwestern U.S. tree growth.

    • When Clark is carrying the guy out of the fire, he should be strong enough to carry him out with no problem. However, he is clearly struggling.

    • When Clark finds out about the roller coaster incident, Chloe mentions that Jordan was born on the day of the meteor shower. That makes him about three years younger than Clark and Lana who are juniors this year. Why is he in high school instead of 8th grade? I guess we're to assume the home-teaching was advanced.

    • When Clark and Jordan are walking to Meagan's house they seem to be bumping shoulders but Jordan never gets any visions.

    • When Clark saved the coach he used his superspeed right in front of most of the school and nobody questioned it or even seemed to notice.

    • While Clark is saving the coach, you can see someone standing/kneeling on the road in the background.

    • Clark and Mr. Cross talk for about a minute, and then find Jordan missing. How far could he have actually gotten? This is a rural area and when Jordan and Clark were walking, there wasn't much around them. Mr. Cross could've found him by truck, probably. Or Clark could have used his x-ray vision to find Jordan.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Jordan: I had a vision of you, too, when you grabbed me in the hallway.
      Clark: What do you mean? What'd you see?
      Jordan: Like, you don't have an end like other people. It's like you live forever.

    • Martha: (talking about the cookies) Well, I'm going to take some of these out to your dad.
      Clark: I'll do it.
      Martha: Well, could you please make sure that at least a couple of them make it to the barn?

    • Lex: They say music hath charms to sooth the savage breast.
      Adam: Don't count on it.

  • NOTES (4)

    • When Adam is playing the piano, Lex comments that it's one of Rachmaninoff's most complicated pieces. The piece (Rhapsody on a Theme By Paganini, 18th Variation) also is played in the movie Somewhere In Time, which stars Christopher "Superman" Reeve.

    • Music: "100 Years" by Five For Fighting, "Two Steps Closer" by Static, and "I Owe You" by Stegala Music.

    • John Glover doesn't appear in this episode.

    • When Jordan bumps into Clark, the viewer is treated to a quick image of the classic Superman "S" symbol on a red cape, while the camera flies through space.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Chloe: You could be entering John Edward territory.
      Referencing the supposed psychic of SciFi Channel and syndicated fame. As opposed to the 2004 Democratic Presidential candidate, one assumes.

    • Chloe: It's kind of fun being Woodward to your Bernstein again.
      Referring to the investigative reporters who broke the story on Watergate, and from the movie All the President's Men.

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